Three California teams sit atop the Super 25 Preseason Football Computer rankings, led by St. John Bosco (Bellflower).
Bosco finished No. 4 in the computer rankings at the end of last season after a 13-1 record and three consecutive Trinity League titles.
The Braves return their entire defensive line, are strong in the secondary and have an offensive line anchored by the nation’s No. 1 guard recruit, Ohio State commit Wyatt Davis. Re-al Mitchell takess over at quarterback.
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) is No. 2 in the preseason, according to the computer, despite a loss of talent on both sides of the ball. Centennial (Corona), led by reigning American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year, Matt Logan is No. 3. Centennial should get a boost with the addition of elite wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).
EXPERT RANKINGS: Meet the Preseason Super 25
The Super 25 Computer rankings are provided by Ken Massey. Because some of the data is based on past performances, the computer will be more accurate as the season progresses. Generally, once a team plays three games, the computer can better slot how it stacks up against teams nationally. The ratings are designed to reward teams for their performance, and objectively quantify those performances. Strength of schedule is built into the model. The model also corrects for home field advantage. Teams lose less for a loss on the road and gain more for a win on the road. Margin of victory is also factored in.
Katy (Texas), which was ranked No. 1 last season by the computer, is at No. 4 in the preseason.
Bishop Gorman, the two-time Super 25 champion in the expert rankings is No. 5.
Colerain (Cincinnati) is No. 6, followed by St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) at No. 7. They are among four Ohio teams in the Super 25, according to the computer.
SUPER 25 COMPUTER RANKINGS: Who’s the top team in each state
Two more California schools – Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and Bishop Amat (LaPuente) comes in a Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) rounds out the Top 10.
In all, 10 states are represented in the Super 25, with California leading the way with six teams, followed by four from Ohio and two each from Texas, Florida, Kentucky, New jersey, Maryland and Georgia.